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Black-winged Stilt

(Himantopus himantopus)
Alternate name(s): "White-headed Stilt", "Common Stilt", "Pied Stilt", "Longshanks", "Stilt-bird", "Dog-bird"; misnomer: "Long-legged Plover"
German name(s): "Stelzenläufer"

Size: 33-40 cm; wing span 67-83 cm
Weight: 135-290 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black-winged Stilt at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "himantopus"

ADULT

Distant frontal view of an adult Black-winged Stilt in a lagoon (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Lateral view of an adult Black-winged Stilt in a lagoon; note the black back of the head and nape of the neck (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal views of immature Black-winged Stilts (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Near-lateral view of an immature Black-winged Stilt (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Lateral view of an immature Black-winged Stilt foraging in grassland (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Near Temerin, Serbia, August 2017]

Lateral view of an immature Black-winged Stilt foraging in grassland, different posture (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Near Temerin, Serbia, August 2017]

Lateral view of a juvenile Black-winged Stilt (note the near-white head and nape of the neck) next to an immature Greater Flamingo (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Overview of a lagoon in which Black-winged Stilts were found, together with several other aquatic species, including Greater Flamingos (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Race "leucocephalus"

Black-winged Stilts, race "leucocephalus", have also been photographed by us in Australia.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

blwstlt_20140523.mp3 leucocephalus
(SE QLD)
Contact call © MD
blwstlt_20151222_2.mp3 leucocephalus
(NW NSW)
Warning calls (in-flight) © MD
blwstlt_20151222_2.mp3 leucocephalus
(NW NSW)
Upset © MD

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